I'm still lyrical about the magnificent Champagne Valley in the Drakensberg, and one hobby hubby and both our sons really enjoy, is fishing.
We were staying in the Drakensberg Sun resort where they have a lake stocked with trout and bass/ Bass one can keep but the trout is on a catch and release basis.
Our oldest son, the calm one, is crazy about trout and bass fishing, hence his choice of holiday destination. Dad and son walking towards the lake surrounded by hills and the mountains on the one side.
I also joined the walk around the lake and could not stop snapping as it was just beautiful as far as we walked, so please bear with me, as I'll share the search for the best fishing spot with images taken by my cell phone.
I was just enjoying the walk and the stunning scenery.
Looks like they found the perfect spot, if there is such a thing, as they kept on moving in search of the part of the lake where the fish would likely be feeding; not so easy to find here!
All they could show for all that effort, was a small bass which was returned to the waters, so it could grow into a bigger fish and tell all his underwater friends how he was saved by the friendly humans:)
Portraits and paintings at the Drakensberg Sun Hotel.
The son was luckier when they went trout fishing at the Doornkop Fish & Wildlife resort in Mpumalanga where the dams really are stocked well with trout; here one could keep the fish but had to pay by weight, which he really didn't mind as they enjoyed it afterward, roasted over the coals in foil. He managed to catch a couple and brought me two frozen trout when they came for a visit.
The youngest son enjoys dam or estuary fishing and took a break to the Umtamvuna River Lodge which has its own private estuary 'beach'.
The youngest son got lucky and caught a nice size 1.4kg Perch; he had been using expensive bait but after speaking to one of the locals, he went to the local supermarket, bought a small container of Chicken Livers for next to nothing, and that's when the fish started biting!
He was more than chuffed with his catch which he oven-baked in foil back at home, but we forgot to take pics of the cooked fish.
It had large bones, but the flesh was tender and very tasty.
These pics were taken across the bridge on a holiday last year at the Caribbean Estates where my son and sister-in-law both caught nice-sized snapper salmon. This is a really nice fish for the plate.
The most gorgeous sunset across the Umtamvuna River with the bridge in the background.
Dad's a seawater fisherman, loves getting sprayed by the ocean and the excitement of finding the best rock to fish from, watching the seawater tides as well as the phases of the moon which all play a part in when it's the best time to fish.
A nice catch of Shad during the season.
One of the most delicious saltwater fish still is shad.
I could go on and on about fishing as even my parents and brothers were all keen fishermen, but will end it here and would like to know if this is a hobby you are enjoying or could be enjoying during retirement?
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